Professional Development Trainees
The Institute for Cultural Practices offers flexible access to training programmes in arts, cultural and heritage areas to meet the needs of established professionals and newcomers. It includes MA modules, professional doctorates and tailored on-site training courses.
We provide tailored training to arts, cultural and heritage institutions. If you are interested in training opportunities, please contact us to discuss your interests. An indicative menu of areas of training we provide include:
- Digital Engagement
- Audience Development
- Community Engagement
- Creative Learning
Modules from the Masters programmes in Art Gallery and Museum Studies and Arts Management, Policy and Practice can be taken as standalone courses (at 15 or 30 credits). All modules involve a combination of seminar discussion, lectures and presentations, practical exercises and fieldwork. Teaching and learning strategies develop skills, knowledge and understanding within the context of academic research and professional practice. Current modules include:
The Museum & its Contexts (30 credits)
An introduction to histories, current issues and institutional contexts of museums and galleries.
Objects & Exhibitions (30 credits)
Explores the theory and practice of object interpretation, collection management and exhibition development.
Arts Management: Principles & Practice (30 credits)
An introduction to key debates and practices in arts management looking at the production and reception of a range of cultural activity in performing and visual arts.
Cultural Policy (30 credits)
An overview of contemporary cultural policy,funding and regulation in national and international contexts
January - May
Museum Policy & Management (15/30 credits)
Explores professional and institutional challenges in developing policies and operational strategies in museums.
Museum & Gallery Curating (15/30 credits)
Offers a critical and in-depth understanding of issues and practices in curating archaeological,ethnographic, art and digital collections and displays.
Creative Learning (15/30 credits)
Engages with the theory and practice of learning in arts and cultural contexts (run in collaboration with the Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum)
Business Strategies for the Arts (15/30 credits)
A practical exploration of arts management functions including finance, communications, funding, law and resource development.
Arts, Culture and Communities (15/30 credits)
Examines the role of artistic practices and cultural heritage with, for and by communities.
The Professional Doctorate in Museum Practice and the Professional Doctorate in Cultural Managementare specifically designed to meet the interests of practitioners who want to conduct high level research which is grounded in their professional knowledge, experience and practice.
- 30 credit MA Module (including seminars, lectures and course materials): £1,050
- 15 credit MA Module (including seminars, lectures and course materials): £525
- Professional Doctorate (part-time): £1,950 (UK/EU students per annum)
*fees may be subject to change each year
Registration is by short application form that includes also a 500-word personal statement. Applicants for the standalone MA courses submit also an academic/employer's reference. Please ask your referee to submit their reference.
If your first language is not English, you need a minimum score of 7.0 on the IELTS test (including 7.0 in Writing) or 600 on the TOEFL paper-based test (250 computer-based), or the Cambridge Advanced Certificate (grades A-C) or the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (grades A-C).